Surging Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas continued his rise up the Emirates ATP Rankings on Sunday afternoon when he toppled defending champion Tommy Robredo 6-3, 6-4 to win the Vegeta Croatia Open in Umag.
Cuevas’ campaign to the title was a remarkable one, as the Uruguayan defeated a gauntlet of tough competitors, including Andreas Seppi, Fabio Fognini before he met Robredo in the final.
After a tight start to the match from both competitors, Cuevas managed to convert a break point and was soon up 4-2. After Robredo held serve for 5-3, the 28-year-old went on the offensive again and closed out the set 6-3 after 41 minutes of play. Cuevas maintained his stranglehold over the match early in the second set, as he secured a break of serve in the opening game and held on for the remainder of the set to finish it 6-4 in 48 minutes.
Cuevas struck 2 aces, 26 winners and won 78% of his first-serve points to close out the match in 1 hour and 29 minutes.
After winning two titles on the Challenger circuit earlier in the season, Cuevas broke through the veil at the start of July to win the Bastad Open in Sweden. Cuevas followed it up less than two weeks later with a second title win in Umag. He is now on a 10-match win streak (13 if you count the Umag qualifying) and 13-7 overall this season, after starting July with a 3-7 record.
Cuevas won €77,315 and 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points for his efforts this week in Umag. He will also ascent to a career-high of world No. 40 in the Emirates ATP Ranking on Monday.